Maps of Canberra Nature Park and other reserves

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Maps of Canberra Nature Park and other reserves
From: Jenny Smits <>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:01:15 +0000
Hi all

ACT Reserves boundary data are freely available here and have been for a number of years. Updated nightly. Admittedly not that useful in this format if you don’t use online mapping tools but there all the same.

You can also view in ACTMapi.

But yes I would also like to know how to obtain electronic copies of the 2019 topos!


Jen Smits

On 16 Apr 2019, at 8:28 am, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:

I did a quick check of OpenStreetMap against JWNR master plan.  Some significant differences.  Showing only southern section of latter below.




From: Nick Payne <>
Sent: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 7:00 AM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Maps of Canberra Nature Park and other reserves


OpenStreetMap has this information, and if it's wrong you can edit the maps to correct it:




On 15/04/2019 8:31 pm, Julian Robinson wrote:

For anyone interested in such stuff, the latest (2019) 25k series of topographic maps of NSW (including the ACT) at *last* shows the boundaries of Canberra Nature Reserve and other ACT reserves. Until now the only visualisation of the boundaries easily available to the public has been Google Maps, but this is not easy to read and is often misleading. The ACT Government has its own map/GIS system that should be accurate but not available easily and portably.  The individual maps of each reserve at are missing many reserves and are mostly out of date (Kama, Woodstock and Isaacs Ridge, for example).


I use the digital version and this 2019 version is much better than the previous set.  I wrote to the mapping authority about the earlier version asking why there was no cadastral information at all, let alone reserve boundaries, and was told “we didn’t get any information from the ACT Government so it hasn’t been included” which seemed a strange way to run an official map series.  The latest series is useful for birders who like to know where they can wander.









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